Though it only has 78 rooms, Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort is set across 100s of acres of lush gardens, rainforests and beautiful beaches. There’s so much beautiful scenery and plenty of things to do throughout the resort that I wanted to give you a tour of the whole property. Sugar Beach was actually formerly the Jalousie Plantation but a massive refurb has transformed it into the modern beauty it is today.
The resort is nestled between the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, St Lucia’s beautiful Pitons, and the mountains peak out above the landscape so that they are visible almost everywhere as you walk around the hotel.
Starting from the top of the hotel and just a short walk down from reception is the gorgeous Terraces restaurant where breakfast is served. As you enjoy your bagel and smoked salmon with a traditional St Lucian cocoa drink you can gaze out at the beautiful gardens.
Which have been perfectly manicured in fitting with such a luxurious resort. From the Terraces you can walk straight across the gardens to the pool and the beach or you can take the stairs to check out the bar, restaurant and boutique.
The entrance to the bar showcases some of the funky surreal artwork that surrounds the hotel, I love the sculpture of the three men climbing and the splash of red from the artwork on the wall opposite. Beautiful and unique artwork is around every corner and each thought-provoking piece has been specially selected for the guests enjoyment.
Through the lobby is the Cane Bar. Like the rest of the hotel, the bar has a white palette but with accents of grey giving it a more sexy, clubby feel. Behind the glittering white bar is the ‘rummelier’ (barman) on hand to suggest the best local and international rums. One night Mr S and I popped in to sample the delicious sushi on the menu and we loved how relaxed and friendly the bar was. With the billowing curtains and the modern furniture it actually reminded me a lot of The Delano in Miami.
Behind the main bar is a more relaxed lounge with huge comfy sofa where you can relax and enjoy your rum.
Across from the bar is the Palm Court Lounge which is a totally gorgeous space with a checkerboard floor, reclining chairs, huge oversized mirrors and lots of blooming tropical plants. Here you can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea or watch the sunset with a cocktail before dinner.
I particularly liked this swing chair which was the perfect place to recline with a glass of champagne whilst taking in the view.
Across from the Palm Court is The Great Room restaurant, Sugar Beach’s fine dining destination. I’m planning to tell you all about our amazing dinner there but here’s a picture of the beautiful interior…
…or you could choose to dine on the terrace.
There is also a glamorous boutique selling swimwear and cover ups and Sugar Club, the children’s play area.
Actually it really struck me how family friendly Sugar Beach was and there’s a huge range of activities for children including arts and crafts and sand castle building for younger children and things like table tennis and kayaking for older ones.
There’s plenty of places to stop for the bus and if you need a shuttle you can call one at the touch of a button and they’ll take you anywhere you need to go.
But from the main reception and restaurant hub it’s a short walk across the garden to the pool…
Which once again boasts that gorgeous view out to the Pitons. Pool service is great, with food and drinks brought to your lounger including complimentary non-alcoholic cocktails.
Though I preferred the privacy of my own personal ‘office’, just behind the pool, scattered among hills were these gorgeous little cabanas. Hiring one for the day was great for us as I could get some shade and Mr S could lie out front in the sun. I would say however the hire fee of the cabana doesn’t come with any extras so be prepared to order any drinks separately if you’re not on the all-inclusive plan.
I’ve already mentioned The Bayside restaurant which we loved! The casual food with Caribbean influences was so tasty that we ate there for lunch nearly everyday and had dinner there once too. I loved the fact that you sit in the restaurant and feel like you were dining right on the beach.
Next door to the restaurant was The Bayside bar where you really could dine with your feet in the sand! The menu was similar to the Bayside restaurant though with a more tapas feel from a smaller selection of items.
We never actually ate here but we loved the fruity rum cocktails and the fact they’d give you a take away cup so you could walk in the sea hand in hand whilst sipping your cool cocktail.
And finally to end our little tour on a sweet note, I wanted to show you Sugar Beach itself.
Talk about bare-foot beach chic…
Dunes of white sand, swaying palms and stylish sun beds leading to the mountain peak in the distance…
Could anything be more idyllic then lying under one of these straw umbrellas, drinking a pina colada and watching the boats sail by? You may be wondering why the beach is covered in gleaming white sand as opposed to the silvery sand of Anse Chastanet…actually the sand is imported so that guests can enjoy a beach as white as the hotel that they’re staying in.
On offer at Sugar Beach is every single water sport that you can imagine, both motorised and non-motorised as well as scuba diving and snorkelling among St Lucia’s famous coral reefs. They even offer something that I’ve never seen before; these schiller bikes that allow you to cycle right on the surface of the water!
For me one of the greatest things about Sugar Beach is that there’s something for everyone. Whether you prefer the beach or the pool, fine dining or casual, adventure or relaxation and whether you’re looking for a family holiday or a romantic couples retreat. I totally loved the hotel and Mr S and I agreed it was somewhere that we could return to again and again.
Full Disclosure: Mr S and I visited Sugar Beach as part of a media package. We received two nights complimentary, two nights at a media rate, one complimentary dinner in the Great Room and a spa treatment. All other food, drink and extras we covered ourselves.